Ducati SuperSport 2017 vs. Honda CBR650R 2021

Ducati SuperSport 2017

Ducati SuperSport 2017

Honda CBR650R 2021

Honda CBR650R 2021


Overview - Ducati SuperSport 2017 vs Honda CBR650R 2021

The Ducati SuperSport 2017 and the Honda CBR650R 2021 are both sporty motorcycles that offer exciting performance and stylish looks. However, there are several differences between the two models that make each unique.

Starting with the engine and drive train, the Ducati SuperSport 2017 is equipped with a V-twin engine with a displacement of 937cc, producing 110 horsepower and 96.7 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the Honda CBR650R 2021 features an inline four-cylinder engine with a displacement of 649cc, delivering 95 horsepower and 63 Nm of torque. While both engines are powerful and capable, the Ducati SuperSport offers more torque, providing a thrilling acceleration and strong mid-range power.

In terms of suspension, both motorcycles feature upside-down telescopic forks at the front. The Ducati SuperSport 2017 utilizes Marzocchi forks with a diameter of 43mm, while the Honda CBR650R 2021 is equipped with Showa forks with a diameter of 41mm. Both suspension setups offer excellent handling and stability, ensuring a smooth and controlled ride.

Ducati SuperSport 2017

Ducati SuperSport 2017

Moving on to the chassis, both motorcycles have a steel frame. However, the Ducati SuperSport 2017 features a tubular frame, while the Honda CBR650R 2021 utilizes a twin-tube frame. The choice of frame design can affect the overall rigidity and handling characteristics of the motorcycle. Additionally, the Ducati SuperSport 2017 has a slightly steeper rake angle of 66 degrees compared to the Honda CBR650R 2021's 64.5 degrees, which may result in slightly different handling characteristics.

Braking systems on both motorcycles consist of double disc brakes at the front. The Ducati SuperSport 2017 has larger 320mm diameter discs, while the Honda CBR650R 2021 features 310mm diameter discs. Both models employ advanced braking technologies such as radial calipers and ABS, ensuring excellent stopping power and safety.

When it comes to advanced rider assistance systems, the Ducati SuperSport 2017 offers a comprehensive package that includes ABS, riding modes, ride-by-wire, and traction control. On the other hand, the Honda CBR650R 2021 only features ABS. While the Honda may lack some of the electronic aids found on the Ducati, it still provides a safe and enjoyable riding experience.

In terms of dimensions and weights, both motorcycles have similar front and rear tire widths and diameters. The Ducati SuperSport 2017 has a slightly longer wheelbase of 1478mm compared to the Honda CBR650R 2021's 1450mm. Both motorcycles have a seat height of 810mm, making them suitable for a wide range of riders. Additionally, the Ducati SuperSport 2017 has a fuel tank capacity of 16 liters, while the Honda CBR650R 2021 has a slightly smaller capacity of 15.4 liters.

Honda CBR650R 2021

Honda CBR650R 2021

In terms of strengths, the Ducati SuperSport 2017 offers a powerful Testastretta engine, ample torque, comfortable ergonomics, nimble handling, and a wide range of electronic features as standard. It also boasts the iconic Ducati look, which is sure to turn heads. On the other hand, the Honda CBR650R 2021 features a resilient four-cylinder engine, a comfortable seating position, an improved chassis for 2021, and a cool aesthetic.

However, both motorcycles have their weaknesses. The Ducati SuperSport 2017 may experience noticeable vibrations in the handlebar, and it comes with a higher price tag compared to the Honda CBR650R 2021. Additionally, the Ducati lacks a quickshifter with a blipper, which can be found on some other sportbikes. On the other hand, the Honda CBR650R 2021 may feel sluggish below 8,000 revolutions and its LCD display may appear outdated.

In conclusion, both the Ducati SuperSport 2017 and the Honda CBR650R 2021 offer their own unique set of features and characteristics. The Ducati provides a more powerful engine and a wider range of electronic aids, while the Honda offers a resilient four-cylinder engine and improved chassis. Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on personal preferences and priorities.

Technical Specifications Ducati SuperSport 2017 compared to Honda CBR650R 2021

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Engine and Drive Train

Engine typeEngine typeVEngine typeIn line
BoreBore94 mmBore67 mm
StrokeStroke67.5 mmStroke46 mm
Engine powerEngine power110 HPEngine power95 HP
Rpm at Max. PowerRpm at Max. Power9000 rpmRpm at Max. Power12000 rpm
TorqueTorque96.7 NmTorque63 Nm
Rpm at TorqueRpm at Torque6500 rpmRpm at Torque8500 rpm
Compression RatioCompression Ratio12.6 Compression Ratio11.6
Fuel systemFuel systemInjectionFuel systemInjection
Clutch TypeClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bath, AntihoppingClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bath
Transmission TypeTransmission TypeGearshiftTransmission TypeGearshift
Number of gearsNumber of gears6Number of gears6
Valves per cylinderValves per cylinder4Valves per cylinder4
DisplacementDisplacement937 ccmDisplacement649 ccm

Suspension Front

Front suspensionFront suspensionUpside-Down telescopic forkFront suspensionUpside-Down telescopic fork
DiameterDiameter43 mmDiameter41 mm
TravelTravel130 mmTravel120 mm

Suspension Rear

SuspensionSuspensionSingle swing armSuspensionSwing arm
Shock absorberShock absorberMonoshockShock absorberMonoshock
AdjustmentAdjustmentCompression, Preload, ReboundAdjustmentPreload


Frame typeFrame typeTubularFrame typeTwin Tube
RakeRake66 degreeRake64.5 degree
TrailTrail91 mmTrail101 mm

Brakes Front

TypeTypeDouble diskTypeDouble disk
DiameterDiameter320 mmDiameter310 mm
PistonPistonFour pistonsPistonFour pistons
TechnologyTechnologyradial, MonoblockTechnologyradial

Brakes Rear

DiameterDiameter245 mmDiameter240 mm
PistonPistonDouble pistonPistonSingle piston

Assistance Systems

Advanced Rider Assistance SystemsAdvanced Rider Assistance SystemsABS, Riding modes, Ride by Wire, Traction controlAdvanced Rider Assistance SystemsABS

Dimensions and Weights

Front tyre widthFront tyre width120 mmFront tyre width120 mm
Front tyre heightFront tyre height70 %Front tyre height70 %
Front tyre diameterFront tyre diameter17 inchFront tyre diameter17 inch
Rear tyre widthRear tyre width180 mmRear tyre width180 mm
Rear tyre heightRear tyre height55 %Rear tyre height55 %
Rear tyre diameterRear tyre diameter17 inchRear tyre diameter17 inch
WheelbaseWheelbase1478 mmWheelbase1450 mm
Seat HeightSeat Height810 mmSeat Height810 mm
Kerb Weight (with ABS)Kerb Weight (with ABS)210 kgKerb Weight (with ABS)208 kg
Fuel Tank CapacityFuel Tank Capacity16 lFuel Tank Capacity15.4 l
License compliancyLicense compliancyALicense compliancyA

Pros and Cons in comparison

Pros and Cons in comparison

Ducati SuperSport 2017

Ducati SuperSport 2017

With the Supersport, Ducati has succeeded in creating a very attractive package that will appeal to every sporty, ambitious rider. It offers the looks of a racing machine, but has pleasant ergonomics, which means that distances of over 200km are no problem. The Testastretta engine has plenty of temperament and even more torque. Coupled with the sporty chassis, winding roads are a joy and it also does very well on the racetrack. For frequent use on circuits, however, the upgrade to the Supersport S with Öhlins suspension is recommended.

Testastretta engine

lots of torque

comfortable ergonomics

nimble handling

lots of electronics as standard

Ducati look

wide range of uses.

noticeable vibrations in the handlebar


quickshifter with blipper missing

Honda CBR650R 2021

Honda CBR650R 2021

The 2021 update of the Honda CBR650R solves the biggest problem of the previous year's model: the overly comfortable chassis. The new Showa fork gives the sports bike a much sportier response, which is immediately noticeable on winding country roads. However, one should not expect a thoroughbred super sports bike, but a road sports bike suitable for everyday use, on which one can experience a lot of pleasure in the saddle both on the way to work and on a weekend ride.

Resilient four-cylinder

comfortable seating position

improved chassis for 2021

cool look

easy to operate.

Engine sluggish below 8,000 revolutions

LC display now looks old-fashioned

Price Comparison Avarage Market Price Ducati SuperSport vs Honda CBR650R

There are a few key differences between a Ducati SuperSport 2017 and a Honda CBR650R 2021. There are the same number of bikes of both models available on the 1000PS.de marketplace, specifically 4. It takes less time to sell a Honda CBR650R with 81 days compared to 127 days for the Ducati SuperSport. Since model year 2017 1000PS.de editors have written 6 reviews for the Ducati SuperSport and 14 reviews for the Honda CBR650R since model year 2019. The first review for the Ducati SuperSport was published on 10/4/2016 and now has more than 105,100 views. This compares to more than 53,700 views for the first review on Honda CBR650R published on 10/8/2018.

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